“It Has Nothing to Do with Age” is a book about individuals who push themselves to physical extremes and who believe they have defied the aging process. If you are at least 30, 40, 50 years of age, join them in such sports as: theTevis Cup, the Dipsea, the Western States 100, the 100 mile ride and tie, the Hawaiian Ironman, the Molokai to Oahu Outrigger canoe race, and national and international rowing.
It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.
This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.
I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Strategies for your Brain
"Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought." – Henri-Louis
On Friday, I took a continuing education class sponsored by
the Institute for Brain Potential and presented by Michael Lara, M.D.Further Information from Dr.Lara can be
obtained from his website, www.drmikelara.com. The following information are
for educational purposes only.
According to Dr. Lara the prefrontal cortex is responsible
for effective cognitive functioning and beginning as early as the mid-20s, a
variety of impaired neurotransmitter signaling area result of age-related changes. Cumulative
effects of chronic stress, such as depression, increased levels of cortisol,
increased production of free radicals and other forms of bio markers like “
inflammation” are associated, and contribute to these changes. And of course
we’re all familiar with memory loss.
Mild forgetfulness (where did I leave my keys, can you help
me find my cell phone) are generally part of normal aging and occuraround age 70. Mild Cognitive Impairment is
characterized by more severe lapses in memory and occur roughly around age 60,
while Alzheimer’s Dementia(loss of memory, thinking, and reasoning skills) is
Memory loss is generally affected by age-related sleep
changes, and can bea significant
stressor because of decreased total nocturnalsleep time, delayed onset of sleep, reduced slow wave sleep, etc. These
changes affect hippocampal atrophy in the aging brain.
Dr. Lara indicated that the following are not intended for “patient”
diagnosis, education or treatment. A few of his ideas are as follows: 1. The B
vitamins can support neurotransmitter function, and researchers found that
homo cysteine-lowering B vitamins slowed the rate of brain atrophy in mild
cognitive impairment by as much as 53%. 2. Bacopa is an Ayurvedic herb used to
promote learning and memory. 3. As body weight increases (the abdominal
cavity), brain volume drops. And obesity is primarily a disease of
inflammation. 4. Omega-3 fatty acids and the ratio of Omega: 6: 3 is associated
with and can be an anti- inflammatory nutrient. The ratio of approximately 1 is
recommended. 5. The Mediterranean Diet is associated with reducing the risk of
negative metabolic syndrome, reducing the risk of age-related cognitive decline
and lower mortality rates.
Dr. Lara also talked about the benefits of Resveratrol
(alcohol or grape juice) as a potent antioxidant; Dark Cocoa, CoQ10, and Blueberries,
reducing oxidative stress caused by damaged mitochondria. For wine drinkers,
you’ll like this quote “a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.”
Dr. Lara also talked about nutrients that
supported brain metabolism such as: 1. Berberine 2. Caffeine 3. Cinnamon.
His strategies for protecting the aging brain include:
1.Caloric restriction 2. Intermittent fasting 3. Aerobic training 4. Resistance
training. Dr. Lara also mentioned that one hour of exercise was negated by six
hours of sitting.
For those of you that want additional information, I suggest
that you go to his website, or to WWW.ibpceu.com for additional references such
as DVDs, booklets, and/or recommended readings. I totally support incorporating
diet, supplements, and exercise to increase brain volume, longevity and to slow
down cognitiveimpairment for our aging
brains. The key, of course, is finding the right answer/practitioner.
In any event, keep moving, laughing, smiling, loving,
appreciating and bonding too.